Georgia tourism – Paliastomi Lake
Georgia tourism Lake Paliastomi is a small lake near the city of Poti Georgia, connected to the Black Sea by a narrow channel. Its surface area is 17.3 km² and the mean depth is 2.6 m. The Paliastomi Lake is the largest of over 40 other smaller lakes in the ecologically important and fragile Kolkheti Wetland complex.
The wetland area harbors a lot of waterfowl rare endemic plants, and many water-associated amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. The Paliastomi Lake is an important fishery site.
Additionally to the high salinity and over-fishing, hunting as well as lacking regulation are the biggest problems, which strongly influence the situation at the lake.
In the Southern part of Paliastomi there are remnants of old church under water. This is often the venue of birds rest. Interestingly, they always stay in odd numbers – one, three or five.
Kolkheti National Park is located in western Georgia. It includes east coast line of Black Sea and Lake Paliastomi basin. National Park is created in order to protect and maintain Kolkheti wetland ecosystems of International importance. Districts of the national park are located on 5 administrative regions – Zugdidi, Khobi, Senaki, Abasha and Lanchkuti and are part of two historic parts of Georgia – Samegrelo and Guria. Kolkheti National Park Administration offers boat tours on Lake Paliastomi and river Pichori gorge, as well as sport fishing, bird watching and eco-educational tours. Tours are carried out throughout the year.
Location: Black Sea side, Western part of Kolkheti lowland Georgia tourism
Distance: 70 km from Zugdidi, 320 km from Tbilisi Georgia tourism
Landscape: plain. Beach is so slightly tilted that sea depth for tens of meters does not exceed 1-1,5 m Georgia tourism
Climate: humid subtropical, winter mild, without snow, mean temperature in January 5,7 degrees centigrade; summer very warm, mean temperature in August 23,5 degrees centigrade Georgia tourism
Average comparative annual humidity: 78% Georgia tourism
Natural treatment factors: maritime mild humid climate, sea and beach Georgia tourism